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Friday, August 09, 2019

Hundreds of schoolchildren have been drafted in to make Amazon's Alexa devices in China as part of a controversial and often illegal attempt to meet production targets, documents seen by the Guardian reveal.

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"Some of the pupils making Amazon's Alexa-enabled Echo and Echo Dot devices along with Kindles have been required to work for more than two months to supplement staffing levels at the factory during peak production periods, researchers found. More than 1,000 pupils are employed, aged from 16 to 18.

Chinese factories are allowed to employ students aged 16 and older, but these schoolchildren are not allowed to work nights or overtime."

Brought to you by Neo-liberalism. Bezos is "one of your kind".

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-09 08:20 AM | Reply

And Amazon employees around the globe piss in bottles because their breaks are not long enough to make it to the bathroom and back. www.theverge.com

Thanks free market.

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-08-09 09:12 AM | Reply

Thanks to higher tariffs, there will probably be fewer. But people don't care as long as they can get their cheap Chinese stuff.

#3 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-09 09:17 AM | Reply

That explains why Alexa laughs when I fart.

#4 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2019-08-09 07:38 PM | Reply | Funny: 1


@#3 .... But people don't care as long as they can get their cheap Chinese stuff. ...

Yup.

That is the problem.

American Capitalism is about profit, and cheap production costs result in a cheap product which results in higher profits for the cost the market will bear.

The problem with outsourcing our manufacturing and jobs to China is not China, it is the companies that se low production costs to gain marketshare and profit.

So, the solution looks more along the lines of... how do we convince gadget-buying Americans that they want to spend 50 to 100% more for the neat gadgets they buy?


#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-09 07:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

These are Capitalism's disposable children. They used to be a regular feature in the USA and Europe that taught us everything. But people revolted and stopped it.

#6 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-08-09 10:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

- But people revolted and stopped it.

Only for their own kids. Americans don't have a problem exporting child labor or importing illegal immigrants.

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-09 10:20 PM | Reply

FTA:

"Foxconn, which also makes iPhones for Apple, admitted that students had been employed illegally and said it was taking immediate action to fix the situation.

The company said in a statement: "We have doubled the oversight and monitoring of the internship program with each relevant partner school to ensure that, under no circumstances, will interns [be] allowed to work overtime or nights."

Lies.

#8 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-09 10:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


@#7 ... Only for their own kids. Americans don't have a problem exporting child labor or importing illegal immigrants. ...

I'll agree with that, with a minor wording change...

American Capitalism doesn't have a problem exporting child labor or importing illegal immigrants for the benefit of increased profits returned to shareholders.

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-09 10:43 PM | Reply

- increased profits returned to shareholders.

Is that what allows Americans to stomach it?

You'd think the Democratic Party would oppose something like that.

#10 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-09 11:25 PM | Reply

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Don't worry, automation is coming to China also. The opposite of exploit is unemployed. I guess working from dark to dark in a rice paddy is better. It wasn't that long ago kids worked in factories here. My dad worked on a farm till he was 16, then got a better job in a cotton mill. Chopping cotton all day for 75 cents may seem unfair, but malnutrition is quite a lot more. Remember they didn't use harvesters for cotton until the 50s. People went out and picked them boles. 25 cents a hundred weight.

#11 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-08-10 08:32 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

It is NOT "American capitalism"

It's capitalism period. capitalists are anti union. if you don't want/won't allow the workers to organize then you shouldn't be allowed to do business, IMO

#12 | Posted by ABlock at 2019-08-10 08:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The opposite of exploit is unemployed.

Only where there is no will to impose ethical restraints on capitalism.

#13 | Posted by JOE at 2019-08-10 09:31 AM | Reply

"Alexa, is my Tesla charged up?"

- Speaks

#14 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-10 01:55 PM | Reply

Kids 16 and older work here all the time. 16 is the age to get working papers in the USA.

#15 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2019-08-11 09:55 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

What is wrong with a 16 year old having a job? I worked after school it helped pay the bills and save for college.

#16 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-08-11 10:51 AM | Reply

What is wrong with a 16 year old having a job? I worked after school it helped pay the bills and save for college.

#16 | POSTED BY VISITOR_ AT 2019-08-11 10:51 AM

Nothing is wrong with that. I cut firewood, mowed lawns and did odd jobs. I made three times the money as my buds working a fastfood job. Here in the US we have child labor laws that dictate what type of work, the hours and the pay. I'm guessing you're smart enough to figure out the rub after reading my previous sentence.

#17 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-08-11 04:50 PM | Reply

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